The idea of going to rent a villa in Dubai perhaps doesn’t spring to mind as quickly as leasing a fabulous apartment in a skyscraper or plush tower block – but in fact, for those willing to look around a little and be flexible on budget, there are some spectacular properties up for grabs, Dubai villas are world famous for the luxury and beauty they offer to renters and buyers alike. They provide comfortable living to all kinds of visitors and expats. And best of all, they offer privacy and space.
Dubai villas come in different types and sizes. Old and new villas are available for different rents based on size and the facilities they provide. If you survey the Dubai real estate market you will find that old villas are totally independent with separate amenities like private pool, gym, and garden. Whereas newer villas offer a more luxurious lifestyle and are sometimes built in a compound that offer shared amenities, such as a swimming pool and tennis courts. Villas available for rent are often fully furnished and they tend to be in hot demand, especially in the following areas: The Springs, Arabian Ranches, Palm Jumeirah - Signature Villas, Al Barari, and Jumeirah Islands. So you will need to do some proper looking.
Before hunting for a rental villa, draw up a budget and take a good look at where your money is going. Generally speaking, it's recommended that most people spend no more than 30 percent of their income on housing costs. Does that seem doable to you, factoring in debt, commuting and grocery costs, savings and other expenditures? Keep in mind that in addition to rent, you will need to budget for utilities (unless your landlord covers some or all of them), cable and Internet, and other potential extras such as community maintenance. And that is in addition to your costs for moving and furnishing your home -- which in some cases could require special items such as outdoor furniture.
When you do decide to rent a villa in Dubai on a contract basis, there are some essential things to think about.
DO check out the area properly – does it have all the facilities you need? Is the beach accessible? Are pets allowed on the streets? Can taxis get there easily?
Before you sign the contract DO make sure you either test all the appliances, or if that cannot happen without electricity in your property, tell the landlord you will check them as soon as your DEWA is activated and anything not working has to be replaced.
DON’T make your cheques out to anyone that is not the landlord listed on the title deed. If you do, they may get cashed by someone that is not your landlord and you will have to pay rent twice – and you could also land in legal trouble.
And DON’T sublease your property – in Dubai this is a crime. So if you suddenly need to move out, discuss it with your landlord and with RERA instead.
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